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A. Reynolds Morse
A. Reynolds Morse, founder of Injection Molders Supply Co. in Auburn Township, and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, died recently at a nursing home in Seminole, FL. He was 85.
Mr. Morse was a pioneer in the injection molding industry, developing numerous accessory products that helped plastic molding businesses run more efficiently.
A Harvard Business School graduate, he was born in Denver, CO, to a family in the mining and machinery business. In 1949, he founded Injection Molders Supply Company in Northeast Ohio. Now called IMS Company, it employs over 70 people and is located at 10373 Stafford Road in Bainbridge Township.
Mr. Morse spent much of his free time writing, gardening and collecting artwork. He began purchasing the works of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali in 1943. Mr. Morse and Dali became close friends, visiting each other on a regular basis until Daliís death in 1989.
His passion for Daliís work eventually transformed into a collection boasting 94 paintings, 150 drawings, and 3,000 objects, graphics and other material from Dali, which he put on permanent display in his Beachwood office building in 1971. He later donated and moved his collection, now valued at over $150 million dollars, to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. Over the years, Mr. Morse also became an accomplished writer, writing books on Dali and author M. P. Shiel, as well as articles on Colorado mining and the injection molding industry.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Eleanor; son and current president of IMS Company, Brad; daughter-in-law Jayne; grandchildren, Gregory and Tracy; and sisters Eudorah of Pasadena, CA and Ann of Boulder, CO.

John Harvey
John Harvey, 76, a lifelong resident of Chagrin Falls and Bainbridge, recently died at his home in Bainbridge of a heart ailment.
Born in Chagrin Falls in 1924, he was an auto mechanic who worked for the former Harvey Chevrolet and other dealerships including Lambert Chevrolet in Burton, from where he retired 15 years ago.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Harvey loved vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a trip he took twice a year. A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, he loved hunting, fishing and target shooting.
Mr. Harvey is survived by his daughter Sally (Michael) Boggins of Solon and grandson Steve.

Helen Pauline Esser
Recently, Helen Pauline Esser (nee: Prazak), 87 years of age, and a former resident of Auburn Township passed away at Amherst Manor Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 31, 1912 in Cleveland, raised on Messenger Rd. in Auburn Township, and she lived at that address for almost 80 years before moving to Amherst.
For 30 years she owned and operated her own drapery workroom in Auburn Township and made draperies for many of the Chagrin Falls area decorators. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She attended Parkside Church in Solon.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Hempel of Amherst and Mrs. Ronald (Margaret) Losik of Auburn Township; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Erich Albert Esser.
Services for the family were held at the Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst.

Helen E. Huberty
Helen E. Huberty, 80, of Delaware, died at Delaware Court Health Care Center. A five-year resident of Delaware, she lived in Bainbridge Twp. for over 45 years.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Bainbridge Community Church. She enjoyed rose gardening and was known for her knowledge of roses, winning numerous trophies and ribbons at the Geauga County Fair. She belonged to the Kenston and Auburn Garden Clubs and was also a member of Handy Hands, a group of the Chagrin Valley Needle Craft Guild.
She was born Oct. 9, 1914 in Cleveland to Elvira (Lee) and Edwin Depew.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Lloyd Hagerty of Ostrander, Ohio and a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Kay Huberty of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and "adopted" daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Randy Hartman of Aurora; grandchildren Helen and Scott Hagerty, Amy Huberty, and Andy and Matthew Hartman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard G., whom she married on May 29, 1937, and six brothers and four sisters.
Visitation was at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home and a celebration of her life was held at the Bainbridge Community Church. The Rev. Ted Drewson officiated. Graveside services were held at Restland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bainbridge Community Church.

Cynthia Rose Ivanec
Cynthia Rose Ivanec, (nee Petranek), 43, of Bainbridge Twp., recently died at Hospice of the Western Reserve. She was born in Cleveland on Feb. 22, 1958 and was a 1972 graduate of Our Lady of Peace Grade School and a 1976 Graduate of Regina High School. She received an Associate Degree from Cuyahoga Community College and was a physical therapist assistant for the Greens of Lyndhurst Nursing Home.
She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Chorale, was a cantor and the director of Voices in Praise Teen Choir. She was a soprano for numerous weddings and funerals.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas and four children, Anna, Frances, Rose and John. She was preceded in death by her father, John (Jack) Petranek. Other survivors are her mother, Frances Plafcan of Wickliffe, step-father, Charles Plafcan and sisters and brothers, Janet Petranek of Wickliffe, Susan Lesko (Bill) of Garfield Hts., John Petranek (Judy) of Cleveland, Linda Petranek of Wickliffe and Patrick Petranek of Cleveland. Also, nephews and nieces survive.
Friends were received at the Stroud Lawrence Funeral Home. The family suggests contributions to St. Joan of Arc Helping Hand .

Evelyn Ryder Henderson
Memorial services were held for Evelyn Ryder Henderson of Snyder Road in Bainbridge. Mrs. Henderson, 63, passed away at home in Bainbridge on April 18. She was employed by the Bainbridge Library as a graphic designer.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by her husband Murray H., children Allen J., Laura J Knebel, and Pamela Lingo. She was the grandmother of four and the sister of Lowell Kenneth Ryder.
Arrangements were handled by Ferfolia Funeral Home, a Forethought/Foresight Family Funeral Home, in Maple Heights.

Donald E. Reed
Former local resident, Donald E. Reed died Thursday, April 12 at his home near Pagosa Springs, FL. Born in Erie, PA on June 24,1943 to Robert and Marion Reed, he was 57 years old.
Donald and his wife, Bonnie moved to Florida in 1996. He was the owner of Sportsmanís Supply, Campground and Cabins. Don had also worked as a manager for General Electric Company. He was an avid fly fisherman who greatly enjoyed the outdoors.
Preceded in death by his wife, he is survived by his son Jonathan of Pagosa Springs and his daughter, Jennifer Reed of Savoonga, AK.

The following obituary is from the 15 July 1998 Washington C.H., Ohio
"Record-Herald", page 2, col. 6. There are two errors in the obituary.
Daughter Karen "Jean" (Wyla) Goddard, Jr. was not listed, and daughter Susan
should be listed as Susan (Rod) Hiestand, not Goddard.

Dott Mae Cokonougher.
Dott Mae Cokonougher, age 78, of 340 Mirabeau St., Greenfield, Ohio,
died Tuesday, July 14, 1998 at her residence. She was born May 4, 1920 in
Ross County, Ohio, to Joseph and Alice Virginia Storts Nevin.
Mrs. Cokonougher was a 1938 graduate of Bainbridge High School, a
homemaker and a member of the East Monroe United Methodist Church for 45
years. She taught Sunday School for 25 years.
Mrs. Cokonougher was preceded in death by her husband, Jay A.
Cokonougher, on March 19, 1996; sons James J. on Dec. 12, 1988, John on Aug.
9, 1987 and Ronald on Sept. 16, 1944; grandson Tyler Orner on July 17, 1974;
brothers Edward (Hap) Nevin and Everett (Fritz) Nevin; and by sisters
Marjorie Chambliss and Louise Riley.
She is survived by son Larry D. (Jo) Cokonougher of Greenfield;
daughters Carol A. (Dennis) Orner of Hamilton, Ohio, and Susan (Rod) Goddard
Jr. and Joellen Cokonougher, both of Greenfield; daughter-in-law Sonnie
(Wendell) George of Greenfield, sister Jessie M. Hinshaw of Piketon, Ohio;
10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Murray
Funeral Home in Greenfield. The Rev. Terry Washburn will preside and burial
will follow in the South Salem Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home
are scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.

Harley J. 'Red' Benson, age 73, of 1001 McClain Avenue, Greenfield,
died Thursday, August 1 [1996] at his residence.
He was born August 1, 1922 in Ross County, the son of Charles and
Harriet (Spurgeon) Benson. He married Emma Mae Downs, who survives, on June
28, 1947. Mr. Benson was a World War II Army veteran, VFW member, a former
volunteer for the Greenfield Fire Department and a former employee of
Greenfield Research. He was retired after 48 years as an employee of U.S.
Shoe Corp.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son and
daughter-in-law, Gary and Kandy Benson of Good Hope; one daughter, Brenda
Sue Wise of Greenfield; two granddaughters and husbands, Melissa and Randy
Bosier of Leesburg and Heather and Paul Hess of Greenfield; two sisters,
Ethel Bennett and Goldie Wilson of Greenfield; one great grandson, Dalton
Hess; and three step grandchildren.
Mr. Benson was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 5, 1996 at Murray Funeral
Home in Greenfield. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery, with military
rites accorded by Greenfield VFW and the Bainbridge American Legion.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 12-1 and after 4 p.m.

Othu 'Ruth' Comer, 82, of South Salem died 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, April
4, 2001, at Greenfield Area Medical Center. She was born September 28,
1918, in Summerville, Georgia, to the late E.P. and Pearl (Wilson) Nichols.
On April 18, 1942, she married Harold Comer, who survives.
Also surviving are half-brother, William Nichols, Kentucky; nephew,
Tommy Nichols, Louisville, Ky.; niece, Eddiamae Dalton, Louisville, Ky., and
several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother,
T.P. Nichols.
Mrs. Comer was a homemaker and a member of Lattaville United Methodist
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, in the
Murray-Fettro Funeral Home, Greenfield with Pastor Paul Goshorn officiating.
Burial will be in South Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m.

Robert E. Hamilton, age 52, of Greenfield, died unexpectedly at
his home Friday morning, August 2, 1996.
He was the husband of the former Carol A. Ebright, who survives.
Arrangements are pending at Fisher-Anderson-Ebright Funeral Home
in Frankfort.

DONALD E. BUTTS. 1958-2001.
Donald E. Butts, 43, of Loveland, formerly of Seaman, died Friday,
Aug. 3, 2001 at the Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born at West Union in Adams County on Jan. 3, 1958, the son
of the late Vernon and Dorothy J. (McKenzie) Butts.
He was a truck driver for J. R. Jerguson, was a member of the
Teamsters Union Local 100 and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2001 at the
Lewis-Sullivan Funeral Home in Seaman with the Rev. Jimmy Webb officiating.
Burial will follow in the West Union Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 106 S. Main
Street, Georgetown, Ohio 45121.

1931 - 2001.
Martha Ellen Barnhart, 70, of Bainbridge died at 7:56 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 at the Greenfield Area Medical Center.
She was born June 3, 1931 in Ross County, the daughter of Harold
D. Hester and Nora (Spurgeon) Hester.
She is survived by her husband, Donald 'Jake' Barnhart, whom she
married on Nov. 10, 1951; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Lloyd
Clouser, of Bainbridge; three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Sharmin
Barnhart, of Bainbridge, Rodger and Marsha Barnhart, of Chillicothe, and
Jeff and Lori Barnhart, of Bainbridge; 11 grandchildren, 10 great
grandchildren, seven sisters and four brothers.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother and both
She was a homemaker and was a graduate of Buckskin High School.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 at
the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield, where the Rev. Paul Goshorn
will officiate. Burial will be in the South Salem Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the Fruitdale United Methodist Church,
c/o Betty Corbin, 2555 Pricers Ridge, South Salem, OH 45681.

Robert Edward Bowles, age 22, of Bainbridge, died Thursday,
August 15, 1996 after suffering a heart attack.
He was born July 2, 1974 in Washington, C.H., the son of Terry
Robert Bowles and Debra Howard Knisely. He was a 1993 graduate of Edward
Lee McClain High School in Greenfield.
Survivors include his father, Terry Bowles of Bonita Springs,
Fla.; his mother and stepfather, Debra and Michael Knisely of Bainbridge;
three sisters, Jamie, Jackie and Jan Bowles; one stepsister, Brandi Knisely
of Texas; Grandparents Robert and Beverly Howard and step-grandparents Edwin
and Geraldine Knisely of Bainbridge; Great grandmother Oletha Rittenhouse of
Washington C.H.; nine aunts and uncles, Susan and George Duke of Englewood,
OH, Sandra and Jim Bach, Kelley and Stuart McNeil, Waneta Pooler and Carol
Knisely, all of Greenfield, Shirley and Ron Leasure, Sandra and Frank White
and Patricia and Mike Free of Bainbridge, and Sue Lindsay of Spring, Texas;
six uncles, Scott Howard, Troy Howard, Bill and Sally Bowles, Mike and
Rhonda Bowles of Bainbridge, Don and Sharon Bowles of Greenfield, and Tom
and Mary Bowles of South Carolina. He is also survived by a special friend,
Molly Martin of Greenfield.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Edward and Chloe Bowles
and Elsie Rittenhouse.
Robert was employed at Ross Metal and Andy Beatty Farms. He was a
member of the Bainbridge Church of Chris.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 19 at 2 p.m. at the
Bainbridge Church of Christ, where Troy Villars and Mike Free will
officiate. Burial will follow in Rhoads Cemetery. Arrangements made by
Smith-Moore Funeral Home, Bainbridge.

Lewis G. Dewey, age 76, of Frankfort, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday,
September 4, 1996 at Valley View Care Center in Frankfort.
He was born February 8, 1920 in Washington Court House, the son of
Mack and Virgie (Moore) Dewey. Mr. Dewey was a retired timberman, a World
War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Joseph Ellsworth White American
Legion Post 483.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine (Temple) Dewey, whom he married on
January 21, 1946; one daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Robert Speakman of
Washington C.H.; one son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Kathy Dewey of
Frankfort; sister Ellene Storts of Frankfort; brothers and sisters-in-law,
Harley and Mag Dewey of Beaver, OH and Charles and Edith Ann Dewey of
Waverly; sisters-in-law Dorothy Bossert, Viola Lykins and Marian Shaffer and
her husband, Ivan; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Dewey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, at the
Fisher-Anderson-Ebright Funeral Home in Frankfort, with the Rev. Jack Norman
officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Frankfort, where
military honors will be accorded by the Frankfort American Legion.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Friday, September

Martin Luther Sever, 77, of Hillsboro, died at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 4, 2001 at
home with his special companion, Mary Priest, in the loving care of his
family and the Clinton County Hospice.
He was born Sept. 20, 1923 at Austin, son of Charles and Nellie
Sever. On Nov. 10, 1945 he married Evelyn Kinnamon. They had nine
children. Evelyn preceded him in death on July 8, 1977.
Surviving are four sons: Charles of Chillicothe, Lawrence (Ina),
of Greenfield, Robert (Shirley), of Frankfort, Lee, of Clarksburg; two
daughters, Jan (David) Garcia, of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Jean Ann (Roger) of
Chillicothe; step grandchildren, Pamela (John) Mottie, of Hillsboro and
Thomas (Ruth) Priest, of Highland; 28 grandchildren and 15
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, James, of Washington
C.H.; four sisters, Vivian 'Till' Smith, of Fairborn, Virginia Bradley, of
Springboro, Mary Lou Tangeman, of Frankfort, Lib Sowers, of Washington C.H.,
and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Ann McCloud
and Evelyn Mae Sever; a son, Marvin Seyfang; three brothers, John, Bill and
Donald Sever; sister, Polly Starkey; and great grandson, Jacob McDonald.
He served with the U.S. Army in World War II in Germany. He was a
lifetime member of the VFW in Greenfield, Frankfort American Legion and the
AmVets of Hillsboro and also belonged to the Eagles Lodge in Greenfield.
Mart was a professional wrestler, known as 'Tiger'. He was retired
and a previous worker of many trades. He was a wonderful father and
companion with a host of friends and loved by all who knew him. At this
time, Mary and family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and
support during this loss.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001 in the
Frankfort United Methodist Church with the Rev. Glen Hiles and Craig
Reichert officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in
Frankfort where military rites will be accorded by the Frankfort American
Friends may call at the Fisher-Anderson-Ebright Funeral Home in
Frankfort from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday where Eagles service will be held at 7

HIRAM MULLINS. 1949-2001.
Hiram Mullins, 52, of Sabina, formerly of New Vienna, died at 2:20 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001 at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington.
He was born May 2, 1949 in Wheelright, Ky., the son of the late James
and Pricie Mullins.
His wife, Rita Mullins, survives.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at the L. Eugene
Smith & Son Funeral Home in New Vienna.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at the
funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's

Kenneth E. Massie, 71, of Bloomingburg, died on Wednesday, Oct. 24,
2001 at Mount Carmel Medical Center.
He was born in Pickaway County on June 20, 1930 to Oliver and
Mildred (Oty) Massie.
Mr. Massie served in the Ohio National Guard and lived most of his
life in Fayette County. He was retired from Pennington Bakery after 35
years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Lee (Scott) Massie of
Bloomingburg; children, Dorothy (Rodney) Whiteside, Robert 'Bob' (Jane Ann)
Massie and Oliver (Teresa) Massie, all of Washington C.H., Jimmy (Pam)
Massie of Ashville, Mary Jane (John III) Queen of Bloomingburg;
grandchildren, Anissa and Chris Dennis, Kelli Brown, Monica and Ronnie
Curnutte, Christy and Hib Queen, Jimmy, Sarah, Matt, Kenny, Brittany, Josh
and Amanda Massie; step-grandchildren, Kelli and Kyle McGraw, Carolyn Hall,
Shelly, Tracy and Phillip Groves; great grandchildren, Adam and Cierra
Dennis, Renee and Courtney Curnutte and a great-grandson on the way; two
brothers, Harry (Mary) Massie of Xenia, Bobbie Massie of Washington C.H.;
three sisters, Norma Jean Insko of Lima, Marie Wisecup of Washington C.H.,
Betty (Richard) Fair of Florida; and by a special friend and neighbor,
Cheryl Adkins.
Funeral service for Mr. Massie will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in
the Wellman-Kinzer Funeral Home with burial to follow in Highlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and
again from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes

VERLIA M. WILLIAMS. 1916-2001.
Verlia M. Williams, 85, of Greenfield, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2001 at
Edgewood Manor.
She was born on Jan. 11, 1916, in Clarksburg, to John and Margaret
(Stevenson) Roberts. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Washington Avenue
House of Prayer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Forrest Williams in 1982; two brothers, Gerald and Wilbur Roberts; and four
sisters, Lucille Miley, Betty Groves, Garnett Cottrill and Leola Riley.
She is survived by her children, Donald Williams, of Washington C.H.,
Joe (Faith) Williams, of Frankfort, Tom Williams and Larry (Linda)
Williams, both of Greenfield, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren
and three great-great grandchildren; brother, Harold Roberts, of Dayton;
three sisters, Edith Mossbarger, of Washington C.H., Eatha Seymour, of
Bookwalter and Aldena Byrd, of Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001 at the
Washington Avenue House of Prayer. Burial will follow in the Good Hope
Friends may call at the Wellman-Kinzer Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Washington Avenue House
of Prayer.

Oct. 15, 1966
PIKETON - Mrs. Florence Lawson, 75, of Route 2 died at 2:15 a.m.
Saturday in Pike County Hospital after an extended illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1891, in Pike County, she was the daughter of James F.
and Sarah Ellen Swiger Gleason. In 1912, she was married to Frank A.
Lawson, who died Jan. 2, 1958.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Glenora Litterst of Frankfort and
Mrs. Georgia Jackson of Route 2; three sons, Walter of Mansfield, Harold of
Waverly Route 2 and James of Route 2; 12 grandchildren; four great
grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Francis Silcott of Waverly, Rte. 2.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Howe Co. Funeral Home here.
The Rev. John Castle and the Rev. Ernest Grooms will officiate. Burial will
be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waverly. Friends may call after noon Sunday at
the funeral home.

Edgar W. Crowe Jr., 55, of New Holland, died on Monday, Oct. 22,
2001 at 10:42 a.m. in the Fayette County Memorial Hospital.
He was born on July 26, 1946 in Chillicothe to Edgar and Marie
(Lansing) Crowe Sr., both deceased. He spent most of his life in New
Holland. Mr. Crowe had been an employee of The Morrison Farm. He was a
member of the Church on Frontline in Clarksburg.
Mr. Crowe is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Williams) Crowe, whom he
married on March 8, 1978; three children, Wendell, Jennifer and Brittnie
Crowe, all at home; four brothers, Richard (Pam) Crowe of New Holland, Larry
Crowe of Clarksburg, Robert (Melinda) Crowe of Jeffersonville, and Dave
(Bobbie) Crowe of Jackson; a sister, Linda (Dwight) Hester of Chillicothe;
his mother-in-law, Wanda Williams of Bainbridge; several nieces and nephews;
and special friends June and Sparky Boysel of Mt. Sterling and Wendell
Morrison of New Holland.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001 at 1
p.m. in the Summers Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Harris officiating.
Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Mary E. Hoffman, 83, life-long resident of this community died
at 11 o'clock, Wednesday night at the home of a son Fred, 636 Dickey ave.
The daughter of Jake and Ellen McFarland, she was born April 30,
1859, in Ross County near Greenfield.
Rev. Hubert Sharp will conduct last rites at the R.B. Walker
funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday, and interment will be made in Waugh's
cemetery near Thornton.
Friends will be received at the funeral home.
Mrs. Hoffman is survived by five sons, Fred of Greenfield, Ralph
and John of Fruitdale, James E. of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Carey of
Springfield; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Stakely of Clarksburg.

Ruth A. Reisinger Altman, 60, of Clarksburg, died unexpectedly
at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001 in Mt. Carmel West Medical Center in
She was born June 30, 1941 in Ross County, the daughter of the
late Wilbur 'Bill' and Herma Reeves Sever.
On July 19, 1990 she married James Altman who survives.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001
at the Ebright Funeral Home in Frankfort with Pastor James Cuckler
officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Frankfort.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Deerfield Township
EMS, PO Box 19, Clarksburg, Ohio 43115 or Adena Hospice, 111 W. Water St.,
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

Grace Olive (Cartwright) Denton, 85, of Greenfield, died at 4:28
a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 at the Greenfield Area Medical Center.
She was born June 1, 1916 in Ross County, the daughter of John Henry
Cartwright and Olive (Beechler) Cartwright. She was of the Methodist faith.
She was a private duty nurse.
She was preceded in death by brother, Lewis Edward Cartwright;
grandson, Joe Staats and both parents.
She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Evelyn J. Tom, of
Hillsboro, Judy and Elmo Purdin, of Greenfield; two sons and
daughters-in-law, James and Patricia Reeves, of Greenfield, David and Cheryl
Elliott, of South Salem; six grandchildren, Connie Ladd, of Washington C.H.,
Robert Wayne Ebersole, of Ashtabula, Caitlin Elliott, Olivia Elliott and
Iain Elliott, all of South Salem, Sharon Swift, of Bainbridge; three
step-grandchildren, Timothy Fryer, of Columbus, David Reeves, of Leesburg,
John Mack Thomas, of Norfolk, Va.; three great grandchildren, Daron Swift,
Brooke Swift and Bruce Swift, all of Bainbridge; special friend, Jean
Brumfield, of Greenfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001 at the
Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield. Burial will be in the South Salem
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service Saturday.

SOUTH SALEM - Rev. Ronald Green of Columbus and Rev. H. F.
Miller officiated at last rites for Alexander Spurgeon, 82, at the Methodist
church here at 2 p.m. today.
Interment was made in the local cemetery by the Murray Co. of
Mr. Spurgeon died at 5 a.m. Saturday at his home in Lower Twin
community after a lingering illness of several months. He was widely known
in this section of Ross county where he spent most of his life.
Surviving are the widow; one son, Lafayette at home, and four
daughters, Mrs. Harold Hester, Mrs. Harriett Benson, Mrs. Glenn Ryan and
Mrs. Cora Hoffman.

Mrs. Lillie Spurgeon
22 February 22, 1951:
"Funeral services were held at the South Salem Methodist church at
2:30 p.m. Wednesday for Mrs. Lillie Spurgeon, of near Fruitdale, who passed
away at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus. She had been in failing health for
two years. The deceased was a former resident of the Jasper community. She
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Levy and was united in marriage to
Alexander Spurgeon, who preceded her in death. Besides a daughter, Mrs.
Hattie Spurgeon Benson, who met an untimely death at her home near
Greenfield, several years ago. Surviving are a son, Lafe, of Fruitdale and
three daughters, Mrs. Ralph Huffman, of Fruitdale; Mrs. Glenn Ryan and Mrs.
Harold Hester, of Lyndon, Ohio.

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